How to Make Fall Succulent Planters

For a super simple, easy fall decor, grab a pumpkin container and make some adorable fall succulent planters!

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Looking for simple, easy fall decor? Try these fall succulent planters! A simple pumpkin vase makes for beautiful DIY fall decor. Click for the tutorial and tips to make them beautiful.

I had grand intentions of making these with real pumpkins (and I still might!), but since it’s nearly 100° in these parts, I have yet to see any decent pumpkins for sale.

And… since I’ve never been one to pride myself on patience… I opted to dig through my box of fall decor instead.  Guess what I found?  Some simple ceramic pumpkin shaped candle holders (which I had painted white a few years back) and some inexpensive foam core pumpkins…  And I was in business!

Looking for simple, easy fall decor? Try these fall succulent planters! A simple pumpkin vase makes for beautiful DIY fall decor. Click for the tutorial and tips to make them beautiful.

Looking for simple, easy fall decor? Try these fall succulent planters! A simple pumpkin vase makes for beautiful DIY fall decor. Click for the tutorial and tips to make them beautiful.

How to make fall succulent planters:

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You will need:

I found all these tiny, beautiful succulents at a local nursery.

mini succulents make gorgeous fall planters

For my ceramic pumpkins, I emptied the old candles out of the containers I had and filled them most of the way with potting soil.  I then carefully shook extra dirt from the roots of the tiny succulents I chose and planted them firmly in the dirt.

how to create beautiful succulent planters

There are two tricks.  First, choose a variety of colors and textures in your succulents; look for some with blue hues, dark green, light green, even pink if you can find it.  Assemble soft and fuzzy, waxy, and pointy leaves…

Looking for simple, easy fall decor? Try these fall succulent planters! A simple pumpkin vase makes for beautiful DIY fall decor. Click for the tutorial and tips to make them beautiful.

And, second, plant them very close together.

The beauty of succulents is that they can grow roots from clippings, so you can use smaller bits of larger plants.

Looking for simple, easy fall decor? Try these fall succulent planters! A simple pumpkin vase makes for beautiful DIY fall decor. Click for the tutorial and tips to make them beautiful.

For the styrofoam core pumpkins, I made just two slight changes:

  1. Draw a circle the size of your desired opening and use a large knife or small saw (I used a drywall saw) to cut a circle at an inward angle.  Take out the section and dig out any extra bits of styrofoam with your hands to make a bowl shaped hole.
  2. Line the hole with plastic (I used a grocery sack) before you pour in your soil.  Once you have planted everything, trim the excess plastic from the edge of your plantings.

Looking for simple, easy fall decor? Try these fall succulent planters! A simple, inexpensive styrofoam core pumpkin vase makes for beautiful DIY fall decor. Click for the tutorial and tips to make them beautiful.

As you may have noticed from my hand model above, this project was simple enough for my four year old to help me.  Don’t forget to water your little plants… But be careful not to overwater as there is no hole for excess water to escape.

Looking for simple, easy fall decor? Try these fall succulent planters! A simple pumpkin vase makes for beautiful DIY fall decor. Click for the tutorial and tips to make them beautiful.

And enjoy these little beauties in your home this fall!

Looking for simple, easy fall decor? Try these fall succulent planters! A simple pumpkin vase makes for beautiful DIY fall decor. Click for the tutorial and tips to make them beautiful.

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Comments

  1. Very cute idea. I’ll have to add these to my decor this year. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Jamie lockard says:

    Cute!!!

  3. Mary Ann Kliegl says:

    These are so pretty! I don’t have the best luck with succulents but fortunately Hobby Lobby has beautiful little artificial succulents that are fairly inexpensive! Wallah!

  4. great idea! I think I’ll give it a go this weekend…

  5. Great idea,for the styrofoam pumpkins. Thanks a lot.

  6. We’ve had a lot of success with these using the foam “funkins” from Michael’s. The best part is that we made them in fall 2012, and they stayed looking fresh, healthy and beautiful for nearly two years even though we kept them outside in various places (covered and uncovered). They make great hostess gifts. http://www.rookno17.com/2012/11/easy-succulent-garden-centerpieces-in.html

  7. I think I will cut my holes on the side and leave the stem in place. Can’t wait to try this!

  8. I needed a hostess gift for Thanksgiving. This is perfect! Thanks for sharing such a great idea.

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